Aany of several small spiny trees or shrubs of the southwestern part of North America belonging to the genus Prosopis having small flowers in axillary cylindrical spikes followed by large sugar-rich pods, especially the honey mesquite, and screw-pod mesquite.
( Prosopis sp.)-a thorny plant that ranges from shrub to tree size. It grows at elevations below 5000 feet from southern Kansas to southwestern California and northern Mexico.
A short, spiny weed tree of the southwestern U.S. that often forms extensive thickets and has large bean pods that can be eaten by livestock or humans.